John K. “Jack” Mahaffey, 1917-2012

Jack Mahaffey, a Centennial History Maker, passed away on December 7 at age 95. He served on the USGA Executive Committee, 1975-80, after having been involved with numerous USGA championships at Oakmont over two decades. He was a graduate of Peabody High School and Penn State University, where he played on the Nittany Lion golf team with his lifelong friend, Jack Brand, also from this area.

An accomplished golfer, he was runner-up in the 1951 West Penn Amateur to Arnold Palmer. A formidable team player with many invitational titles Mahaffey won three WPGA Four-Balls, 1946, 1949, and 1950, with Jack Brand, and four Fred Brand Foursomes, 1956 & 1957 with Frank Souchak, and 1963 & 1964 with Dick Stevens. A lifelong member at Oakmont, he and Jack Brand chaired the 1969 US Amateur and 1973 US Open.  Mahaffey was significantly involved with all of Oakmont’s major competitions, 1951-1978. For the
Association, Mahaffey was deeply involved in course rating and handicapping for two decades, 1946-1966.

Mahaffey served in World War II as a skipper of a mine sweeper, and he received the Purple Heart.


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